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Paragoombas (originally formatted as Para-Goombas and also known as Winged Goombas) are recurring enemies in the Mario series. They are a winged variation of Goombas, similar to Paratroopas, winged variations of Koopa Troopas. In order to inflict damage upon them, Mario must jump on top of them to knock them out of the air.
Para-Goombas made their debut in Super Mario Bros. 3, in which they appear as somewhat common enemies. The first Para-Goomba appears after the Goomba after the ? Block (which contained a Super Leaf) in World 1-1. Red Para-Goombas attack by hopping low along the ground, with a larger jump every third hop, while brown ones attack by flying in the sky and dropping Micro-Goombas.
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Ordinary Paragoombas do not appear in Super Mario World; however, the localization team at the time gave the name to a similar but different species (Kuribon, later called Galoomba). As such, there are two equivalents of Para-Goombas in name and function: Para-Goombas (Para Kuri in Japan) utilize parachutes, and Flying Goombas (Pata Kuri in Japan) have wings.
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Para-Goombas appear in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, acting like the red ones in Super Mario Bros. 3. However, their artwork depicts them as being brown. In Pumpkin Zone Special Area 1, they instead fly around.
New Super Mario bros
Paragoombas appear very rarely in New Super Mario Bros., only being found in a single level, World 2-4, where only two of them appear. They act mostly like the red ones in Super Mario Bros. 3, despite being brown; when Mario jumps over them, they turn behind and follow him. One stomp turns them into regular Goombas, two stomps defeat them, and a Ground Pound takes them out instantly.
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Paragoombas appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They act just like they do in its predecessor, but they are more common. They only appear in World 7-5 and World 8-2. Like other enemies, Paragoombas can now be defeated with a Spin Jump, which does the same effect as a ground pound; it takes out a Paragoomba instantly.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Paragoombas appear as an enemy once again. However, instead of hopping on the ground, they can actually fly up and down or side to side. This is the first time that Paragoombas appear in a 3D Super Mario platformer game. There is also a giant form of Paragoombas in Supermassive Galaxy. If Mario jumps on them, they get flattened and disappear, instead of becoming a regular Goomba; the latter only happens if they are licked by Yoshi. They are one of the few enemies that did not appear previously in the predecessor.
Paragoombas are rather uncommon enemies in this game. They are mainly found in Cap Kingdom flying across the fog. Mario can Capture them with Cappy in order to fly around as well. This can be used to gather some Power Moons.
Many species of Paragoomba appear in Super Princess Peach. Paragoombas fly randomly along the screen. Along with regular Paragoombas, Red Paragoombas make a reappearance from Super Mario Bros. 3, which cling to walls instead of falling off ledges. Paragoombas are also affected by the Vibe Scepter, creating emotional variants.
Mad Red Paragoombas (M. Red P-Goomba in the glossary) are encountered in Fury Volcano, which charge at Princess Peach on sight. If they fall off a ledge, they fly back up.
Sad Paragoombas are the Sad variant, and unlike the regular Paragoombas, they have a set flying pattern, but fly faster.
In New Super Mario Bros., they appear in only one level, World 2-4. They act like in some previous games, periodically hopping around but never actually flying. When Mario or Luigi jumps over them or stands on a platform below, they turn to face them and continue their pursuit. When stomped they lose their wings and become regular Goombas, losing the ability to turn.